Sky Diary Storm Chasing

Chris Kridler's Sky Diary: storm-chasing adventures and rainy-day tales




Welcome to the new home of Sky Diary!

Chris Kridler’s storm chasing site is here, with photos, chase reports, kids’ pages and more

Welcome! Sky Diary’s new home is here on my official site, (the main menu is above in case you’re looking for the Chris Kridler home page, author services, books and more). I started chasing storms in 1997 and soon after that developed a website, first on America Online and then on the web. After building Sky Diary for more than twenty years in HTML, it became a bit creaky. I’m capturing the best of and transferring it to this site for a more reader-friendly experience. Plus I’m posting all the 2021 reports on the blog and in the new index of storm chasing reports from recent years (continually updated as I add more of the archives). Stay tuned for updates.

Here we are photographing a spectacular low-precipitation supercell with mammatus over Earth, Texas, on May 16, 2021.


Storm Chasing 2021

Cow is our loyal companion on the road.

I’m back from Tornado Alley and posting updates in the blog from our storm chasing adventures. I traveled to the Plains with fellow author Alethea Kontis. You can read about our adventures here and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (please subscribe!).



The kids’ storm pages are live!

NOW ONLINE AND UPDATED: KIDSTORM! These pages are chock-full of facts about tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing – interesting information for kids and grown-ups, too. Go!

Recent posts on skies and storm chasing

15 September 2021: SpaceX Inspiration4 rocket launch sends humans to orbit

It was a beautiful night for a rocket launch this evening in Cocoa, Florida, where I set up a Nikon and a GoPro to capture the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This was a special mission – Inspiration4, the first private human spaceflight mission to orbit. Commissioned by Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, it aims to raise awareness for the St. Jude’s …

The very late but thrilling debut of the TORNADO PINBALL book trailer

Back when I published the Storm Seekers novels, I made book trailers for FUNNEL VISION and ZAP BANG – but not for TORNADO PINBALL. And I LOVE this book. I was crazy busy, time went by, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it, in spite of the challenges involved in teasing to a book that plays like a big-budget movie in my mind. Well, …

30 May 2021: A bear and a tornado in New Mexico

On some chases, you get the bear. And on other chases, the bear gets you. You could say Alethea Kontis and I got the bear on May 30 as we chased in New Mexico with Dave Lewison and Scott McPartland. We were northeast of Clayton, and the guys got ahead of us as I spotted a critter climbing on a power pole. It appeared …



Some of my favorite chases

Chase 2016: Incredible 20th year

My Tornado Alley chase was incredible in 2016, with many tornadoes and photogenic storms. 

2004: Attica, Kansas, tornadoes

May 12, 2004, Attica, Kansas, tornadoes



Visit Sky Diary’s Kidstorm – weather facts and fun for kids



Storm-chasing adventures

Check out the Storm Seekers Series for storm-chasing adventures with action, drama, humor and romance.

learn more

Storm photography

Cocoa, Florida, lightning by Chris Kridler
Check out photography of tornadoes, lightning, supercells and more and buy beautiful art prints.

See photos

Storm Stuff Store

Visit the shop for T-shirts and other apparel, stickers, mugs and more featuring storm chasing and weather weenie designs.

get gear


Ads help pay for the hosting and maintenance of this site. Thank you for visiting!